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>> mr. true it. -- truitt. i'm curious. maybe it doesn't make any sense, i love this poster and the students will probably be able to read it but i'm also thinking that a lot of parents might be looking at this and one of the things we want our parents to do is reinforce this concept, so if not this year, maybe you've done it already, as we celebrate the month again next year, is it possible to have this translated also? >> it will be translated this year for all our schools, president yee. president yee: good. thank you very much. >> one last announcement. tomorrow, the city and county
of san francisco will be having anti-human trafficking awareness day and the dynamics of human trafficking are similar to those of bullying. we had a poster contest and several high school students and one middle school student submitted posters, that will be tomorrow at city hall at 3:00. we'll have a student-designed poster that asks people to call the police if they see something suspicious. very similar to talking with an adult if you see something, some examples of bullying at school. president yee: commissioner maufas. commissioner maufas: thank you for sharing your story with us, not just the book, but that you came here and shared your personal story with us, it's
difficult to talk about memories that are painful, and you shared that with us here in the room and the people watching on television and the internet heard that. thank you for coming in and sharing your personal story with us. >> i also wanted to add for our listeners at home, it is a lovely book. we reviewed it as a curriculum committee but it is really a lovely book. it's a great choice, i think, for everyone to buy for their own chern. >> next item, recognizing the heroic work of workers from 1601 turk street project during the december 22, 2011, fire. superintendent. superintendent garcia: i'd like
to call david golden. >> good evening, commissioners, i'm glad to be here. congratulations, president yee, vice president norton. as all of you know who live in the city of san francisco, because you probably saw this note, two days before christmas, just before noon, there was a horrific fire on turk and golden date gate -- golden gate that left almost 60 eem homeless -- 60 people homeless for the holiday. it could have been a lot worse for some of them but for the 2006 bond construction project happening next door, at the golden gate campus, former golden gate campus creative charts -- creative arts charter school who happened to be working that day, 10 or 11
workers who were going about their business of pounding nails and doing what construction workers do saw these two buildings literally going up in smoke almost instantly and charged next door, broke down the door, with a sledgehammer, and in fact woke up some people that actually were asleep at noon and probably would have perished. so it was a great story, we're also -- there were also four people from our building and ground staff that came out and shut off the gas and power and made the neighborhood safe. so the school district and i am certainly proud to present and honor sort of regular, normal people for doing extraordinary things on a regular day for no other reason than that they're good people. if we had more people leek this, the world one a -- would be a better place.
i think there's somebody here from the general contractor, bolo construction. i'm going to read off some names. i believe the president of the board of education and the superintendent have some certificates and then i'll read off the four names of the building and ground staff and i'll pick up their certificates later, but thank you to all of them for being good citizens and helping the people next door. with that, i'll read the names, manuel ibarra, sam, my low, tony, nick tooley, ed marquez, rob durote of mike brown electric, frank carter, mike brown electric, raoul and hoe zaire. thank you all very much. [applause]
this is a representative from bolo construction, the general contractor on the job. finally, i'll pick up certificates later but i want to acknowledge mike hill from our electrical shop, mike powell from the plumbing department, raymond tisdale one of our laborers, who were instrumental in helping the fire department after the fire and in getting the school ready a week later to open only one day late. thank you so much to everybody. [applause] >> thank you. it's nice to know we have real heroes as neighbors. president yee: and that live were saved in this case. -- and that lives were saved in
this case. thank you for the people who were involved in saving those lives. item d, student delegate reports. george za -- zhang and -- joist z -- joyce zhang and karissa tom. >> we've been busy. we're going to have a mid year retreat with the youth commission and the focus will be on the budget process for the city and for sfusd as well as how the s.f.c. and y.c. can work more on budget advocacy. we'll have several workshops on professionalism as well as a workshop on public speak big the bay area urban debate league which will present in
the form of formal public comments, meeting with officials and outreach and presentations in groups. during this retreat, we'll reflect on the work done in the past semester and set goals on what we plan to do for the rest of the school year. adecisionally, we are playing the youth summit 2012 and right now, it's still in the planning but our tentative date is march 23. and in our last meeting yesterday, we voted to have one of the s.a.c. seats per school elected through the -- through the youth vote. we're working through the details which include the term limits and the bylaws and just the nitty-gritty of everything. >> and we are continuing with our -- joyce: we are continuing
with our campaign, and there's a really important meeting on february 7 for the sfmta board meeting at 4:30 in room 400 at city hall, that's when they'll vote on whether they'll continue exploring the three-year pilate program, so if you would like to support that, come out that afternoon and student delegates applications are due on january 25 and whoever wants to kill karissa and my seat, ush be excited to do so. you can turn in applications to peter at 1319 market street and go on www.yesf.org/youth vote to find more information about the application. a reminder about the bank of america high school scholarship
program, and you get to spend the summer in d.c. and that is also due on january 25 and for more information go on bankofamerica.com/neistudentlea ders. that's it. president yee: thank you for your report, student dell gas. again, if anybody is interested in being in their positions next year, please apply. this is really a great opportunity for the high school students to be at this meeting and participate at this level. i think. are you excited? >> yes. it's a good thing to do. president yee: ok, parent advisory council report.
representatives? >> good afternoon, everybody. congratulations, norman, president norman yee and rachel norton. i just want to say, i don't know you that well but i preebt the way that you handled the meeting and everything and you coming to the class meeting as well and just your support so thank you, ms. mendoza for your hard work and leadership and the way you carry yourself, thank you for that. my name is gloria mald, i'm a parent of two children within the district, i'm a member of the parent advise recommittee under title 7 and i wanted to also quickly acknowledge the delac and the new members as
well and their hard work. thank you. for mr. -- for your contributions and ms. otoshi, i think it's really important. this report here that i'm talking about focuses on the p.a.c.'s work and it correlates with the violence prevention, we're focusing on restorive processes and how that's important. i know it's one of the district's priority initiatives and a priority for the p.a.c. for a couple of reasons, first because we know african-american and latino students are suspended at a much higher rate than other students in the district. during the different community engagement campaigns, we have heard from houns -- hundreds of families who have voiced concerns about unfair or enconsistent school discipline policies and worry about bullying and safety.
i think this is a good time to talk about this. also, second, we believe that practices of school climate and discipline are important for addressing underlying issues that contribute to these problems. so in thinking about our goals and objectives, the p.a.c. has been very excited about restorative practices and turning that into some sort of concrete goal. what we have decided is to use sort of a focus group approach and involve parents more and hopefully get some input from parents, hear their concerns and hopefully that will strengthen the implementation of restorative practices throughout schools in the district. we know that a number of schools are piloting restorative practices but our sense is that a large number of families don't have any idea what it means and it's not happening at every school, yet.
and what we're hoping is that we can meet with, we're aiming to meet at about 10 to 15 sites, school sites and possibly community organizations, we hope to hear from about 250 participants and our goal is really to share information about what restorative practices is and also hear any concerns from parents, get suggestions and if there are parents who are interested in taking some next steps at their school site, maybe helping to give them some tools to do that. of course we'll share our findings by the end of the school year. i'm sorry. share with the school district and i'm sorry, my name is marnede martin and i'm a parent as well. >> and so, where are we going to conduct the community conversations? p.a.c. members have 24 schools
we're approaching and asking if they're interested in this conversation. we don't have the capacity to actually conduct many conversations, as much as we want to, buzz of the limited capacity of the p.a.c. but we are making a point to go to the 24 schools. we balance a number of different things when we come up with this list. the school suspension rate, compared to the district's -- district's average of those grade levels and if the school is already implementing restorative practices or is interested in developing more plans and also we look at the demographics of the school's student populations and because african-american and latino students are suspended at a disproportionate rate, the p.a.c. is making a high priority to reach these communities. at the same time, we want to hear from families in different kinds of schools, different levels, different neighborhoods
and we would like to work with community groups who can convene parents outside of school settings to talk about the issues. we want to invite other paraphernalias into the conversation as well. in terms of the process, we have been happy to have a lot of interest from carrie berke withs who is leading the initiative with the district, she is helping us develop materials, invited us to train in the coming weeks to bring ourselves up to speed and help share the information out to the larger parent community. so we're really looking forward to this and we also would love if any input the board might have in terms of questions that you think we should be asking or information that you're hoping to hear and also if there are particular schools or communities that you think should be included in our outreach.
>> thank you, gloria and miranda. president yee: are there comments? commissioner fewer? commissioner fewer: i think it would be great if members could attend the trainings coming up in february. i think the trainings are an introduction to restorative practices. i think if you went and -- whoever attended would have a deeper understanding of what we're trying to do and chang our discipline practices but i commend you for taking this on because we believe it is a very important issue in our school district and it is imperative that we look at how we're disciplining students in order to meet the geels for our stratenalic plans. >> i'll just say that i think it is a testament to how popular the program is that the
programs are all filled. we were able to add an additional program to get the train big the end of this month. president yee: commissioner murase? commissioner murase: thank you. my experience is that these community conversations are so important. you get to engage in dialogue many of us aren't able to do. i encourage you to go to as many school sites as you can. my question is, will this be at all levels? are you focusing on the elementary level or will you be talking to middle and high school? >> i think that was part of our balance in looking at sites, we try to have had a representative sample that included at least some schools from each level. >> do you feel any recommendations on which schools to go to? that would be helpful as well.
commissioner murase: my youngest goes to rosa parks and they've been active and i received a lot of concern from families attending marina. >> rosa parks is excited to work with us, they're on top of our list, we're excited about that. president yee: thank you very much for your report and your hard work. ok, next item, f, public comment on the consent items. i believe there is one speaker.
mrs. black. >> thank you very much. good evening, members of the board of education, ladies and gentlemen, i want to congratulate presidentie and vice president rachel nor -- presidentee and vice president -- president yee and vice president rachel norton. i'm hopeful you'll appoint committee hodes so that the different committees we count on on the board of education will be able to schedule their meetings and the union will be able to testify at those committee meetings. i rise to speak tonight on several of the resolutions. in this time of tight budget constraints, i think we have to look at every nickel that we spend. so i ask the board to take a look at k-13, which is on page 117. now you might say, this is only
a $0,000 expenditure, and the purpose of it is to have leadership development in partnership with an outside organization, as it says, but there's a term being used in this that i don't typically use so i'm wondering about it. the term is a critical friend. a critical friend to the principal. i'd like you to look at that and see how much of the money is being spent for that and how much is going for the leadership development that was intended by this. additionally, i would like to ask you to take a look at k-14 on page 119. it's curious to me, i would like to know, this is about an excel program at wester. who was in charge at webster before this resolution? what evaluation of their services ended up demanding
this mid year change? or was there no one in charge before? it seems rather odd that you would be doing this in the middle of the year. and then i'd like you to take a look at k-26. k-26 on page 143. and this is money for a consultant to guide a staff member in understanding their job. now, i can understand that the accounting department activities might cost this amount of money. but why should the money come from what it seems to me are funds that should be used for direct services for students. if you take a look at the funding sources, you see it comes from dcyf mayor's wellness program, comprehensive
school health local, i don't know what that mean bus it sounds like it belongs to the kids. i think a word is left out there. and tobacco use prevention education. so i'd like you to look at these resolutions and before you approve them, see whether the money is being spent the way it should be spent. thank you very much. president yee: as a reminder to the public, in accordance with 11-2 of the board policy p-120, an individual wishing to address the board on agenda items or on matters other than those calendared for forward action can call the board office by 4:30 on the day of the meeting or by completing a speaker card on the evening of
the meeting, prior to the item being called. cards being turned in at the same time an item is being discussed will not be accepted. so we're going to move on to the next agenda item, g, consent calendar. is there a motion and second for the consent calendar? any items withdrawn or corrected by the superintendent? >> yes. we have two items to withdraw, the first is 121-10-w-16 on page 77. and the second is item 121-10-k-15 on page 121. >> any items to be removed by
the board. any items severed by the board or superintendent for discussion and vote tonight? commissioner murase? commissioner murase: page 143, k-146, reference about hiring to train new employees. president yee: which k resolution? commissioner wynn? -- commissioner wynns? >> i'd like to several w-17 on page 78.
president yee: any others? ok. roll call vote will take place under the section on this item. item h, superintendent's proposals. none tonight. i, none tonight. j, requests to speak regarding general matters, we have a number of speakers and i will have the first speaker -- the first speaker will be paulette brown. ms. brown, are you here? go ahead and take two minutes.
president yee: press the button on the mike. >> my name is paulette brown. i have a daughter that goes to lincoln high school. i'm here to complain about that we were talking about bullying earlier. bullying. we're not talking about bullying from students, we're talking about bullying from the faculty, the teachers. my daughter, there's a breach of trust about her religion. the teacher has been bothering about.
president yee: please don't name names. thank you very much. >> he's been harassing her at school and she is -- i don't feel comfortable, i don't feel supported by the school. she's been there since she started. she'll be graduate may 23 and this person is still harassing her, putting his arms in front of her, stopping her from moving, standing in front of her classroom, talking about her religion. i lost my son to homicide, 0 rounds of bullet, and my daughter daughter is suffering from it, we're both suffering post-traumatic stress disorder and my daughter doesn't have a lot of counseling. this faculty member took my son's picture, which is a picture -- this picture, and put it out in front of the
school for everybody to see on the desk. i had to -- this was not supposed to be out. he goes to the front of my daughter's school, he's telling her about her religion. that's just like if she wore a turban on her head. i've bven there talking but still nothing is done. what do i do? this is not fairle